An activist and vocal critic of Poland’s rightwing politics, Olga Tokarczuk is a controversial figure in her home country. She has also received death threats or criticizing aspects of the country's past, including its episodes of anti-Semitism.
1830, Ram Mohan Roy traveled to the United Kingdom as an ambassador of the Mughal Empire to ensure that Lord William Bentinck’s Bengal Sati Regulation, 1829 banning the practice of Sati was not overturned.
A four-time MLA, Bopaiah was the Karnataka Assembly speaker from 2009 to 2013.
A pro-tem speaker is chosen with the agreement of the members of the Lok Sabha and legislative assembly, so that he can carry on the activities till the permanent speaker is not chosen. Once the new Speaker is elected, the office of the pro tem speaker ceases to exist.
A leading businessman in the district with interests in mining, trade and hospitality sectors, Singh was the state tourism minister in the BJP government, which ruled the state from 2008-13.
Kumaraswamy was a successful filmmaker and distributor before he turned into a full-time politician. He entered politics by winning the Kanakapura Lok Sabha seat in the 1996 general election.
During his 75th birthday this year, not only did he have Prime Minister Narendra Modi by his side but he was also given an assurance of being the CM face if the BJP came to power in the state.
Karnataka Assembly Elections: A self-confessed agnostic, Siddaramaiah is not one to visit temples and his trademark attire of a white kurta and panche, a sort of lungi, and an angavastra has carved an image of a rustic politician in the minds of the people.
While Mahendra Pratap Singh played an active role in the freedom struggle of India, he was elected to Parliament in 1957 by defeating Bharatiya Jana Sangh (which later converted into BJP) candidate Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the Lok Sabha polls.
In 2016, Himanshu Roy was appointed as ADG (Establishment) in Maharashtra. Before that, he served as the Additional Director General of Police (DGP).
In a political career spanning for more than 70 years, Mahathir held the post of Malaysia's prime minister from 1981 to 2003, making him the longest-serving holder of that office. Called as the "Father of Modern Malaysia," he is also credited with rapid modernisation of the country.
Anand Piramal is engaged to Mukesh Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani. The 33-year-old currently holds the position of Executive Director of the Piramal Group.
The new deputy CM is by no way an outsider to J&K politics. The 59-year-old Kavinder Gupta served as the mayor of Jammu for three terms, consecutively from 2005 to 2010, which is a record.
Mahadevi Varma is considered one of the spearheads of the Chhayavad movement in Hindi literature. The movement (1914-1938) marked a period of romanticism in Hindu poetry.
Carrying the legacy of his late father Justice K. K. Mathew, who was a judge of the Supreme Court, Justice K M Joseph served as a permanent judge of the Kerala High Court from 2004 to 2014.
Indu Malhotra will be the second sitting woman judge in the top court and the first woman lawyer to be directly elevated from the Bar as a Supreme Court judge.
Who is Asaram Bapu? Asaram Bapu was born on April 17, 1941, in Pakistan, as Asumal Sirumalani. After Partition, he moved to Ahmedabad with his family.
Alek Minassian, who was arrested moments after he drove the van killing 10 people at the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue East hails from Richmond, Ontario. According to Toronto police chief Mark Saunders Minassian was not carrying any gun at the time of his arrest.
While many do expect Diaz-Canel to usher in reforms, it is continuity rather than change, which he represents more, at least in the short term. Commentators have noted that he has been groomed by the Castros as an internal candidate, somewhat akin to the future CEO of a big company.
Atishi Marlena was involved in strengthening regulations on private school fees and organising parent-teacher meetings, including the largest such meet in Delhi in 2017.